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|2015 Season (CBSSports.com)||590.00||25.00||.259||86.00||74.00||22.00|
|Games Played By Position|
|vs Cincinnati||13||2||0|| .214|| .154|| .154|
|vs Hamels (Career)||53||11||1|| .396||.214||.208|
|vs LHP||61||14||1|| .277|| .344|| .230|
|12/27/2014||Ian Desmond, SS WAS||Ryan Braun, RF MIL|
|12/26/2014||Henderson Alvarez, SP MIA|
Nelson Cruz, RF SEA
Wade Davis, RP KC
Chris Archer, SP TB
Adrian Beltre, 3B TEX
Miguel Cabrera, 1B DET
Marlon Byrd, LF CIN
Tyler Clippard, RP OAK
Yoenis Cespedes, LF DET
Chris Carter, 1B HOU
Johnny Cueto, SP CIN
Homer Bailey, SP CIN
|Kole Calhoun, RF LAA|
Jose Bautista, RF TOR
Charlie Blackmon, CF COL
Rusney Castillo, RF BOS
Ian Desmond, SS WAS
Josh Donaldson, 3B TOR
Corey Dickerson, LF COL
Mookie Betts, CF BOS
Jose Altuve, 2B HOU
Edwin Encarnacion, 1B TOR
Michael Brantley, LF CLE
Andrew Cashner, SP SD
|12/26/2014||Anibal Sanchez, SP DET||Ian Desmond, SS WAS|
|Last 10 Games|
Nationals' Ian Desmond not starting Thursday
|by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com|
|(7/2/15) With the Nationals giving shortstop Ian Desmond the day off Thursday, the team turned to infielder Danny Espinosa to start at shortstop and bat second at Atlanta, reports MASNsports.com.
Desmond is hitting .158 with two home runs and five RBI in his last 10 games. He was given the day off Thursday to correct a mechanical flaw in his swing.
"We're trying to create a little bit of different muscle memory," manager Matt Williams said, per MLB.com. "I think he's back to where he wants to be with regard to where his hands are when he starts [his swing], which will allow him to have a better path to the baseball.
"So today we're giving him a day because he's working extra. Today is a day for him to get that work done."
The Nationals are favored (-180) at Atlanta on Thursday.
Nationals SS Ian Desmond hits two-run blast in loss
|by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer|
|(6/28/15) Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond hit a two-run home run in Sunday's loss to the Phillies.
The home run, which came in the fourth inning off Phillies starter Severini Gonzalez, was Desmond's seventh of the season. He finished the game 1 for 3 with two RBI.
Over his last five games, Desmond is hitting .278 with two home runs and five RBI.
Jose Lobaton replaces Wilson Ramos in Nationals' skeleton lineup
|by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com|
|(6/27/15) Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos gets a rest on Saturday as Jose Lobaton gets the start behind the plate.
Lobaton starts for the 18th time and second time in the last nine games.
With the lineup shuffling resulting from three other Nationals players sitting out due to injury, Saturday's lineup features just one regular --shortstop Ian Desmond.
Nationals SS Ian Desmond pops two-run home run on Thursday
|by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer|
|(6/25/15) Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond broke out of his prolonged slump in a big way on Thursday. Desmond went 2 for 4, including a two-run home run, his sixth of the year, in the second inning of the 6-0 victory over the Braves. It was his first home run since June 7.
Desmond, who also scored twice, had been hitting a lowly .108 (4 for 37) with 16 strikeouts over his previous 10 games entering play on Thursday.
"He stayed on a fastball away and hit it over the fence," manager Matt Williams said, per MLB.com. "I'm happy for him that he was able to hit that homer. The ball back through the middle are really good signs. It means he's staying on it and seeing it good. I hope that'll get him hot and get him rolling."
Nationals bench Ian Desmond again Tuesday night
|by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com|
|(6/23/15) Scuffling Nationals third baseman Ian Desmond has been given Tuesday night off against Atlanta. It marks his second benching in the last four games and third in the last 11 after he had started every previous game this season.
Matt Williams has stated that Desmond was benched Tuesday because he didn't get as much of a chance to sit over the weekend.
Desmond has shown signs of emerging from his slump with four hits in his last five games. But he is batting .118 (6-for-51) since June 6.
|2014 Summary: Ian Desmond put together his third consecutive 20-20 season, which should make him one of the most celebrated shortstops in all the land. And yet his Fantasy owners were by and large disappointed. He lost 25 points on his batting average from the year before and 100 on his OPS from two years ago. And with his increasing tendency to strike out -- his 183 punchouts ranked fourth among all hitters -- he may not be able to go back.|
Playing time status: Desmond committed a bunch of errors early on that led to some whispers about his job security, but both eventually died down. Really, the Nationals have no one else, and Desmond has been among the healthiest players in baseball since his arrival. No worries here.
2015 Outlook: A player who provides both power and speed is as golden as ever in Rotisserie leagues. And because Desmond does it at the weakest position in Fantasy, he's probably still an early rounder in those formats. His strikeouts have become a real concern in Head-to-Head leagues, though. Other than Troy Tulowitzki, Hanley Ramirez and Jose Reyes, you probably can't do better at the position, but for a few rounds at least, that should be your incentive to explore other positions.
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